60+ Waxwing on the High Street at Brownhills.

The high-street at Brownhills (a typical Black Country town) is not the first place I would think of to go birdwatching...

Not that there is anything wrong with the town of course; it's just that it clearly isn't a reserve and the architecture is - well - modern.

Still, having failed to find Waxwing on our first outing (the buggers had departed that very morning) we decided to risk another foray.
The weather was poor - grey, overcast - but at least it wasn't raining for a change! Rare Bird Alert had provided the SatNav details so off we went.

On arrival at the precise location - and finding somewhere to park that wouldn't land us with a £75 fine if we overstayed our 'welcome', we set off to find the birds - or at least some big lenses.

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Nothing....

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On asking a passer-by however (a local) it transpired we were just one block away from the blighters! It always pays to ask a local it seems. And there they were - high up in a tree in the murk.

The photographs taken of them roosting were all rubbish of course; however they then began to make regular forays into the berry-bearing trees in front of the shops - and pictures became possible: just! The light had got worse by now so 5000ASA was the norm but at least the background was better. Over a period of a couple of hours I took perhaps 600 shots and got very cold toes...

The best are on Flikr of as usual; a LOT of processing was necessary of course...


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Waxwing with berry.
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